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Dingwall Medical Group GP invites patients to come forward for Covid jags as drive to curb variant stepped up; Appointments available for Saturday with drop-in option also open

By Hector MacKenzie

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ONE of Ross-shire's largest medical groups is this weekend staging a vaccination clinic for patients as part of a massive campaign to help curb the spread of the new variant of Covid.

Dingwall Medical Group, facing its own challenges with reduced numbers due to a number of staff isolating, is offering the Saturday clinic for patients seeking first, second and booster jags.

Appointments can be booked by calling 07803 596071 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

The clinic will also run as a drop-in though priority will be given to those with appointments.

In a video message ahead of the clinic, Dr Miles Mack said the practice expects the omicron wave to have a significant effect.

Dr Miles Mack of the Dingwall Medical Group.
Dr Miles Mack of the Dingwall Medical Group.

He said: "We are calling out for people to get vaccinated and particularly to get your booster vaccine if you have had your first and second doses but also an opportunity to get the first and second doses if you have so far not managed to get them."

He added: "We think that's really important not just for the at-risk and elderly but for the entire population. This will keep yourself healthy and will also protect those people around you and will protect the workers who are so essential for keeping life as we expect it.

"It isn't just healthcare workers such as doctors and nurses but it's also our staff and also care staff looking after elderly people in their own homes and care homes and also those poeple who are providing us with routine services that we have come to expect such as food deliveries and people who are doing their quiet work to keep our lives normal."

By the turn of the year, practice staff had helped administer 53,000 Covid vaccines and around 6000 flu shots.

Dr Mack said: "This work has been over and above our normal clinical work but we think it is hugely important and we are just having the last push to see if we can just increase these numbers yet further."

He said words of support and patient understanding were much appreciated by staff.

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